William Paston, 2nd Earl of Yarmouth

William Paston, 2nd Earl of Yarmouth (1654 – 25 December 1732) of Oxnead, Norfolk and Turnham Green, Chiswick, Middlesex was a British peer and politician.[1]

Oxnead Hall today

Born in 1654, he was the son of Robert Paston, 1st Earl of Yarmouth and his wife, Rebecca, née Clayton and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He succeeded his father as 2nd Earl of Yarmouth in 1683, inheriting his estate and Oxnead Hall.

Paston was elected Member of Parliament for Norwich from 1678. In 1679, when his father was made an earl, William adopted the style of Lord Paston. He continued to represent Norwich until he inherited his father's title.

He converted to Roman Catholicism and in February 1687, James II appointed him Treasurer of the Household. He was also appointed joint Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire and Custos Rotulorum of Wiltshire in 1688.

He reconverted to Anglicanism in 1689, but refused to swear allegiance to William and Mary when they came to the throne that year, subsequently losing all his offices.

Suspected of Jacobitism, he was imprisoned twice, but was admitted to the House of Lords in 1696. He was briefly Vice-Admiral of Norfolk in 1719.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1722.[2]

Private lifeEdit

Yarmouth died heavily in debt on 25 December 1732 at Epsom, Surrey, aged seventy-eight. In 1671, he had married the widowed Charlotte FitzRoy, the illegitimate daughter of Charles II and Elizabeth Killigrew. They had four children who survived childhood, though only one survived him:

His wife having died in 1684, he married Elizabeth Wiseman (the widow of Sir Robert Wiseman and daughter of Dudley North, 4th Baron North) in March 1687.

As his sons, his brothers and their male heirs had predeceased him, his titles became extinct. His heavily mortgaged estate had to be sold.

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ "PASTON, Hon. William (c.1654-1732), of Oxnead, Norf. and Turnham Green, Chiswick, Mdx". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Fellows details". Royal Society. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
Parliament of England
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Norwich
1678–1683
With: Francis Corie 1678
Augustine Briggs 1678–1683
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by Custos Rotulorum of Wiltshire
1683–1688
Succeeded by
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire
(jointly with The Earl of Pembroke)

1688–1699
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice-Admiral of Norfolk
1719
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Treasurer of the Household
1687–1689
Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by Earl of Yarmouth
1683–1732
Extinct